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New York by Land and by Sea


The South Street Seaport Museum’s Pioneer schooner.   


  Tour Routes Guide Price The Lowdown

Circle Line Sightseeing

The longest cruise circles the isle of Manhattan, while the shorter ones stick to the southern half.

Most Popular Tour:
Landmark Cruise—a cruise down the Hudson, around the Battery, then up the East River as far as the U.N. before heading back again.

Duration of Tours:
30 minutes to 2.5 hours.
Guides point out sites of interest on shore. Adults, $29$41; children, $20$27.

Buy online, directly through the Circle Line website, to forego waiting in line for a boarding pass at the Circle Line Box Office, located at Pier 83 near West 42nd Street. The BEAST Speedboat Ride operates from May through September. All other cruises operate year-round.
The reputation, price, and comprehensiveness (not to mention the life preservers) make this a safe bet.

Gray Line Tours

Trips take place on an amphibious vehicle, which starts and ends on land at various piers but splashes down in the Hudson River for a cruise, too.

Most Popular Tour:
Twilight Cruise

Duration of Tour:
1-4.5 hours.
"Captain" (driver) and "First Mate" (tour guide) provide insight into the passing attractions. Adults, $28$199; children, $17199.

Buy online. Bring your confirmation and a photo I.D. to the boarding location. Tours operate year-round.
You won't see much of interest once seaborne, but how often do you get to pretend to be Henry Hudson?

CitySightseeing Cruises

Offering two cruises, including one at twilight and another hop-on hop-off daytime ferry, this semi-circular route sails from one side of midtown to the other.

Most Popular Tour:
Twilight Cruise

Duration of Tours:
90 minutes
Tour guides on all ships offer factoids and commentary on shoreline attractions, including the Chyrsler Building, United Nations, and Museum of Jewish Heritage. Adults, $29; children, $18.

Buy online.
These cruises are entertaining, educational, and relatively short—with the Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Ferry offering ultimate flexibility.
New York Water Taxi A dozen stops are scattered around midtown, downtown, Brooklyn, and Queens. Hop on and off at any stop with your one- or two-day pass. The one-hour Statue By Night tour includes a champagne toast at dusk.

Most Popular Tour:
Specialty Cruises & VIP Experiences.

Duration of Tour:
30 minutes to 5.5 hours; hop-on-hop-off tickets are good for one to two days.
Choose an All-Day Access Pass to hop on and off throughout the day, or opt for specialty tours, like the Audubon Summer EcoCruise and the House on the Hudson boat party with celebrity DJs. Adults, $15-$251; children, $19-$48.

Reservations are not required; tickets can be bought at any one of a dozen piers. Specialty cruises operate according to weather, usually from mid-May to mid-October.
Take advantage of the company’s partnership with the 9/11 Memorial Museum and get timed tickets to the site with an all-day access pass.


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